In order to optimise your study time there are different areas, in and outside the Library, where you can do your work, depending on your preferences.
Within the Library there are open access areas, some desks with PCs and some without, Group Study rooms (where you can work with other people), a quiet study area and a silent study area.
Adjacent to the Library is the Social Learning Zone, where you can use your own laptop, or borrow one of ours, to work individually or in a group. The whole of the building is wireless enabled to facilitate this process. You can also make use of the equipment within the Technology Zone.
If you need to use a PC, the Library is available 24 hours a day, during term time. Other computer rooms are available on floor T2, and can be used whenever there are no classes being taught in them.
Group Study Rooms
Group Study rooms are available within the Library for students who require space and equipment to undertake group study. The Library has dedicated group study rooms which can be booked for a maximum of 2 hours by students.
Please see the Library floor plan [PDF] for the location of our Group Study rooms.
Please use these rooms in a considerate manner, respecting the needs of others. Food should not be brought into these and only drinks in bottles or with lids are allowed. Mobile phones should be switched off or set to silent.
Booking Group Study Rooms
Visit the following link to book a Group Study Room online:
There are ten rooms in the Library which are available for students to use if they want to work in a group during normal opening hours. Group Study Rooms are only available during security-only opening times by prior arrangement.
- Skills for Success Room has an interactive whiteboard, PCs, chairs and tables.
- Room 2 has an interactive whiteboard, a PC, chairs and tables.
- Room 3 has a large screen monitor and a PC, chairs and a table.
- Room 4 has a PC, chairs and a table.
- Rooms 5, 6, 7 have large interactive touch screens, chairs and tables.
- Rooms 8, 9, 10 have large interactive touch screens, chairs and tables.
Each room can be booked at the Help Desk (in the Library Link Zone), for a maximum period of 2 hours. Only one group booking is permitted in any 24 hour period.
At the time of booking the member of staff will need to see the Student ID of each member of the group who will be using the room.
Students are free to enter Group Study Rooms at the time of their booking. Please ensure that you leave the room promptly when your booking ends.
If a room is booked and is no longer needed you must inform the Help Desk (01204 903094) of this fact.
If a group has not arrived to use a booked room, within 15 minutes of the booked time, the booking will be forfeit and the room made available for other users.
Silent Study Zone
The Library has a Silent Study Zone where you can go if you wish to work undisturbed, booking is not required. This zone is specifically for silent study which means individual study only. Talking is not allowed in this room. The Silent Study Zone contains 48 PCs for individual work. Please book one of our Group Study rooms if you wish to work as a group.
Please use the Silent Study Zone in a considerate manner, respecting the needs of others. Food should not be brought into these and only drinks in bottles or with lids are allowed. Mobile phones should be switched off or set to silent.
The Developer’s Room (formerly Skills for Success)
Preference given to Creative Technology Students between 9pm and 9am and at weekends. This room is fully open with 10 PCs available.
The Journals Area with 5 National Centre for Motor Sport Engineering PCs
Preference given to Motorsport Engineering students between 9pm and 9am and at weekends.